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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Lunch Box Special Part 1- Snacks and Sides

My daughter is starting Kindergarten this year and I have been spending a lot of time thinking about all the snacks and healthy lunches that I will be packing. The practice of putting it all together and packaging 5 nights a week is new territory for me and so I thought I would share my brainstorming with you.

These ideas would apply for adults as well. I plan of posting detailed recipes but in the meantime, here is a list. Please share your ideas as well!

Fruit: Always try to buy seasonal as it is often fresher and cheaper!
  • Plums, peaches, orange segments, apple slices (roll in a bit of lime juice), grapes, watermelon chunks, blueberries (pack in strudy container), strawberries, pear cubes, pineapple, raisins, apricots, applesauce (save money and less plastic but pouring your own into reusable containers or try the convenience of Smashies)
  • Make fruit kabobs
  • Fruit salads

Vegetables: Again,try to buy seasonal as it is often fresher and cheaper!

  • Carrots (baby or cut yourself as cheaper), celery, broccoli, cauliflower, cherry toms, pickles, cucumbers, red pepper slices.
  • Salads-make mini versions and dress ahead time with a spritz vinegar and olive oil:

Muffins: The great thing about muffins is that you make a dozen or so at a time and then you can freeze them. Grab them out of the freezer the night before and they will be ready the next day. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Mini quiches
  • Cheesy popcorn
  • Cheese and Crackers
  • Mini cracker sandwiches
  • Snack Mix (make their own)
  • Baked regular or tortilla Chips (preservative free)
  • Bars (Z-bars, earth's best,
  • Pretzels
  • Cereal in a bag
  • Graham Crackers
  • Cheese-string or cut up our own and can even freeze and place in the a.m.
  • Rice Cakes (no fake flavor varieties though)
  • Dips: ranch, vinegar, hummus, yogurt, sour cream, salsa, bean dip, tzatziki, peanut butter
  • Sunflower Seeds, Pesto,


  • Oatmeal Cookies (or any of your favs.) but make them mini-size
  • Fruit roll-up (organic: keep to minimum for dental reasons)
  • Yogurt sticks


Chow and Chatter said...

great idea's as ever Jenn check out little stomaks nice site you can contribute this

TheFitnessFreak said...

That's almost all of the things I pack in my boys lunches:) My little trick, I make their sandwiches on frozen bread in the morning and it thaws out by lunch. It keeps the bread fresh.

RunningBetty said...

we make home made oatmeal bars. sometimes with raisins, choc chips, dried cherries, peanuts, etc. I can make 10 in a batch, which is one week for 2 kids, or make a double batch and get 2 weeks taken care of. My daughters(and their friends) love them.

My McDonald Meal said...

I'm right with you on the whole packing thing. We've never had to do this everyday until this year. We're in Kindergarten too and we have to provide a snack once a month for the whole class. Check out what I did. I also am a firm believer in reusable boxes for sandwiches- Bento packs are the best!

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